General Dermatology Certificate Courses and Professional Diploma


GPs are confronted with common skin, nail and hair conditions on a regular basis as patients have limited access to dermatologists. In fact, the largest organ of the human body makes up 15 percent of general practice consultations on a day-to-day basis. Undergraduate dermatology training is minimal in many medical schools and without additional education in general dermatology, GPs are often underequipped to handle common presentations such as paediatric infections, atopic eczema, chronic plaque psoriasis, female pattern hair loss, and many more conditions.

Presented by noted dermatologists, the online Professional Diploma of General Dermatology program will teach you how to manage all major dermatological conditions as well as general disease states manifesting through the skin, and help you minimise unnecessary referrals to specialists.

The education pathway is Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology and Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.



The Professional Certificate course will teach how to diagnose various dermatological conditions in the early presentation stage and choose appropriate treatment options for common skin, hair and nail problems.


In the Advanced Certificate course, you will increase your clinical knowledge, learn how to assess more complex and rare cases, and make differential diagnoses for various dermatological conditions.


In the Professional Diploma course, you will develop the most advanced clinical knowledge and critical awareness of dermatology principles and treatment options.


This course is for general practitioners and for degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who work under their supervision.  

  • No previous formal training is required for the Professional Certificate course.
  • Participants of the Advanced Certificate course must have successfully completed the Professional Certificate course or have equivalent qualifications.
  • In order to qualify for the Professional Diploma, participants must complete both certificate courses in sequential order.

Other professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into the program.


Professional Certificate of General Dermatology

Module 1

  • Common Benign Conditions
  • Pigmentary Conditions
  • Skin infections

Module 2

  • Facial rashes, seborrhea and rosacea
  • Systematic diseases with skin findings
  • Fungal infections

Module 3

  • Papulosquamous disorders
  • Psoriasis
  • Lichen planus and pityriasis rosea

Module 4

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Acne

Module 5

  • Dermatopathology
  • Pruritus
  • Contact dermatitis

Module 6

  • Hair loss
  • Nail disease

Module 7

  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Follicular disorders (including hidradenitis)
  • Blistering disorders

Module 8

  • General dermatology cases

Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology

Module 1

  • Emergency skin conditions
  • Vitiligo treatments
  • Skin infestations

Module 2

  • Treatment of dermatomyositis
  • Treatment of Sarcoidosis

Module 3

  • Immunosuppressive treatment for psoriasis
  • Systematic treatment for lichen planus

Module 4

  • Systematic treatment for atopic dermatitis
  • Treatment for atopic dermatitis
  • Differential diagnosis of acne and treatments

Module 5

  • Patch testing for contact dermatitis
  • Cutaneous lymphomas

Module 6

  • Cicatricial alopecia
  • Less common nail diseases

Module 7

  • Advanced management of hidradenitis
  • Advanced management of bullous pemphigoid

Module 8

  • More challenging general dermatology cases


Concluding webinar - Summary and questions/clarification prior to exams

Professional Diploma of General Dermatology

Module 1

  • Bites (animals, snakes and insects)

Module 2

  • Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care

Module 3

  • Pregnancy Dermatoses

Module 4

  • Oral mucosal diseases

Module 5

  • Urticaria and drug eruptions

Module 6

  • Psychocutaneous disorders (prurigo nodularis, delusions of parasitosis, lichen simplex chronicus)

Module 7

  • Sexually-transmitted infections and HIV

Module 8

  • Vulvar skin diseases

Meet Your Instructors

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS Your instructors are widely regarded as some of the world’s foremost specialists in skin cancer medicine and business management, including:

Prof Richard P. Usatine


Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas, USA

Founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio, USA

Richard Usatine is the Professor of Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery at the University of Texas. He is the author of nine books and over 120 papers, founder of the Interactive Dermatology Atlas on the web, and is the most recognised presenter on skin conditions in the USA. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course held by the American Academy of Family Physicians, and is the founder and medical director of the University Health System Skin Clinic in San Antonio.

Richard has been involved in Global Health through his work in Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Haiti and Ethiopia. In 2000, Richard Usatine was recognised as the national recipient of the Humanism in Medicine Award, by the Association of American Medical Colleges.


A/Prof Caterina Longo


Scientific Coordinator, Skin Cancer Unit, ASMN-IRCCS, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


Dr Christopher Ross

BSc (BiomedSc)(Hons) BMBS FACD

Dr Christopher Ross is a specialist dermatologist who is currently visiting multiple rural locations in South Australia to extend specialist care and improve dermatology training to rural students and doctors.

Dr Jonathan B. Karnes


Dr Jonathon Karnes is a family medicine physician with special fellowship training in dermatology. He is a faculty member in the Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program in Maine, USA.

Dr Zoe Apalla


Consultant Dermatologist at State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece

Dr Zoe Apalla works as a consultant in the First Dermatology Department of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki since 2010. She oversees the Supportive Oncology Outpatient Clinic and the Skin Cancer Outpatient Clinic, as well as of the Dermatopathology laboratory of the Department. Zoe also conducts General Dermatology and Inflammatory Dermatoses Outpatient Clinics.

Dr Daniel Stulberg


Dr Daniel Stulberg is a family medicine doctor who works in Albuquerque, USA, and is affiliated with the University Of New Mexico Hospital. He has 30 years’ medical experience and is an experienced trainer in the field of general dermatology.

Dates & Locations

Trimester 1 | 2018

8 Jan 2018

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Trimester 2 | 2018

7 May 2018

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Trimester 3 | 2018

3 Sep 2018

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Professional Certificate


Two-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle


Different payments options available.


Professional Certificate


Two-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle


 Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.

Professional Certificate

$635 x 3

Two-Course Bundle

$648 x 5 

Three-Course Bundle

$652 x 7 

 Defer your payments over several months.


GP REGISTRARS: Doctors in training who are on a recognised pathway to General Practice Registration through a recognised Australian training provider receive a HealthCert Scholarship.


Each course consists of 8 online modules. All courses include a full-colour workbook, access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures. You will also receive valuable 12 months web-based support from the speakers and participate in regular online learning sessions with the opportunity to ask any questions you might have as you implement your learning.

Online assessment

In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a report/explanation of how the learning from this course will help you with your professional development. - All Certificate Levels
  • Complete a literature review of three articles nominated by the course chair. - Advanced Certificate and Professional Diploma only
  • Document with photographs 25 related cases including application of the knowledge. - Professional Diploma only
  • There is a knowledge-based examination and an application-based examination which are both equally weighted. It is therefore not possible to pass this course on knowledge alone; knowledge must be successfully applied to patient cases in order to pass the course.  The pass mark for online examinations is 80 percent. - All Certificate Levels

HealthCert recommends completion of all requirements at your convenience within three months for Professional and Advanced Certificate and six to nine months for Professional Diploma of the completion of the course.


Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive the respective Certificates of General Dermatology and below points.

RACGP: 40 Category 1 QI&CPD points

This program:

  • Is recognised by Royal New Zealand College of General Practitioners (RNZCGP). The RNZCGP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Peer review and audit are compulsory
  • Is recognised by the Hong Kong College of Family Physicians (HKCFP). The HKCFP recognises all courses endorsed by the RACGP. Points are calculated differently.
  • Is quality-assured by Bond University.
  • Qualifies for certified clinical attachments in General Dermatology in France at the University of Lyon.
  • Qualifies for certified clinical attachments in General Dermatology in Austria at the University of Vienna.
  • Provides credit for Postgraduate Diploma in General Dermatology which is studied online at the Rila Institute of Health Sciences which in turn provides credit for a Master of Science in Dermatology awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).


Professional Diploma Pathway

This course is the first stage of the professional diploma pathway. The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology, Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.

Postgraduate Pathway

This pathway is suitable for doctors and degree-qualified nurses who are mainly interested in clinical academic study.

Postgraduate Diploma in Dermatology studied through the Rila Institute of Health Sciences and awarded by the University of Plymouth (UK).
There are three modules in the Postgraduate Diploma. Medical professionals who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of General Dermatology and Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology, will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Certified Learning (APCL) for module 3 and only need to complete the final examinations for this module.

The postgraduate diploma is mainly delivered online. No practical workshops will be required due to the APCL from the HealthCert qualifications. Overall there will be a time saving of 30 percent of the postgraduate program due to the APCL. Supervised examinations will need to be completed.

When the Postgraduate Diploma has been successfully completed, medical professionals can apply for credit from the Prostgraduate Diploma to a Master of Science in the specialty awarded by the Plymouth University Peninsula School of Medicine & Dentistry.

For more information, please click here.

Certified Clinical Attachments Pathway

Upon completion of the Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, participants can complete a Dermatology Clinical Attachment to increase the safety and accuracy of their work. Clinical Attachments in Dermatology are currently available at the university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon under the supervision of Professor Luc Thomas, and at the University of Vienna under the supervision of Professor Harald Kittler. 

Course graduates may also join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).

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How can we help you?

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with one of our Education Advisors if you have any questions, require more information or would like to discuss your learning requirements. We are here to help and will be sure to tailor your education pathway to your current expertise, interests and career goals.

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