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% 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 in primary care.

Presented by noted dermatologists, the 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 Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of Dermatology and Professional Diploma of 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, specialist practical skills and critical awareness of general 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.


Professional Certificate of General Dermatology

Module 1 Module 5
  • Common Benign Conditions
  • Dermatopathology
  • Pigmentary Conditions
  • Pruritus
  • Skin infections
  • Contact dermatitis
Module 2 Module 6
  • Facial rashes Seborrhea and Rosacea
  • Hair loss
  • Systematic diseases with skin findings
  • Nail disease
  • Fungal infections
Module 3 Module 7
  • Papulosquamous disorders
  • Paediatric dermatology
  • Psoriasis
  • Follicular disorders (including hidradenitis)
  • Lichen planus and pityriasis rosea
  • Blistering disorders
Module 4 Module 8
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • General dermatology cases
  • Acne

Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology

Module 1 Module 5
  • Emergency skin conditions
  • Patch testing for contact dermatitis
  • Vitiligo treatments
  • Cutaneous lymphomas
  • Skin infestations

Module 2 Module 6
  • Treatment of dermatomyositis
  • Cicatricial alopecia
  • Treatment of Sarcoidosis
  • Less common nail diseases
Module 3 Module 7
  • Immunosuppressive treatment for psoriasis
  • Advanced management of hidradenitis
  • Systematic treatment for lichen planus
  • Advanced management of bullous pemphigoid
Module 4 Module 8
  • Systematic treatment for atopic dermatitis
  • More challenging general dermatology cases
  • Treatment for atopic dermatitis
 Concluding webinar - Summary and questions/clarification prior to exams
  • Differential diagnosis of acne and treatments

Professional Diploma of General Dermatology

Module 1 Module 5
  • Bites (animals, snakes and insects)
  • Urticaria and drug eruptions

Module 2 Module 6
  • Skin ulcers, pressure sores and wound care   

  • Psychocutaneous disorders (prurigo nodularis, delusions of  parasitosis, lichen simplex chronicus)
Module 3 Module 7
  • Pregnancy Dermatoses

  • Sexually-transmitted infections and HIV
Module 4 Module 8
  • Oral mucosal diseases 

  • 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


Distinguished Teaching Professor; Professor, Family and Community Medicine; Professor, Dermatology and Cutaneous Surgery; Program Director, Underserved Family Medicine Dermatology Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio; Medical Director, Skin Clinic, University Health System, San Antonio, Texas. HealthCert Course Chair.


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

Specialist Dermatologist. 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


Family Medicine Physician with special fellowship training in dermatology, a faculty member in Maine Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency program. Maine, USA


Dr Zoe Apalla

M.D., PhD

Consultant Dermatologist, State Clinic, State Hospital for Skin and Venereal Diseases, Thessaloniki, Greece. Co-Author of more than 115 scientific papers.


Dr Daniel Stulberg


Works in Albuquerque, NM, USA. Dr. Stulberg is affiliated with University Of New Mexico Hospital. He has 30 year’s medical experience and is an experienced trainer in the field of general dermatology.

Dates & Locations

Trimester 3 | 2017

1 Sep 2017

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Trimester 1 | 2018

8 Jan 2018

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Trimester 2 | 2018

7 May 2018

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Professional Certificate


Professional Certificate


Professional Certificate

$635 x 3

Two-Course Bundle


Two-Course Bundle


Two-Course Bundle

$648 x 5 

Three-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle


Three-Course Bundle

$652 x 7 

Different payments options available.

 Register 30 days prior to the course commencement date.  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.

Certification and ACCREDITATION

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.


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 in the United Arab Emirates campus.

A credit pathway from the Postgraduate Diploma to a Master degree is currently under discussion. Full details will be provided in an announcement before December 2017.

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).

Quality assured by Postgraduate studies with Clinical attachment with Clinical attachment with
Bond University
& Plymouth University (UK)
Medical University of Vienna Medical University of Lyon
Accredited by Accredited by Recognised by  
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners  

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