Professional Certificate of General Dermatology Online


Presented by noted dermatologists, this comprehensive course teaches how to manage common skin, hair and nail conditions in primary care. You will learn about modes of presentation, relevant investigations and management of all of the common skin conditions from acne, rosacea, eczema, psoriasis through to drug rashes, hair loss and common cosmetic complaints. 

The course is delivered online in 8 modules which can be viewed and replayed at any time. Participants will 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.

This course is the first part of the three-part Professional Diploma of Dermatology. The education pathway is Professional Certificate of Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of Dermatology and Professional Diploma of Dermatology.

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This course is for General Practitioners and for degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists that work under their supervision. The course assumes no prior knowledge or training in the field. 

Professionally recognised qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course if the learning outcomes match exactly. Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience.


The certificate course offers richly illustrated clinical examples and opportunities for interactive discussions on the cases provided and covers various dermatology conditions.

The theory sessions cover:

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

Course participants will:

  • Have the opportunity to replay video lectures from medical experts
  • Participate in discussion of patient cases, evaluate and make decisions
  • Receive a comprehensive course folder and research/readings in the field
  • Participate in course webinar prior to the examinations and ask questions
  • Receive ongoing support post-course through webinars and case review
  • Optional clinical attachments are also available at dedicated dermatology clinics 



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

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.

Dr Christopher Ross

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

A/Prof Caterina Longo

A/Prof Caterina Longo


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

Dr Jonathan B. Karnes

Dr Jonathan B. Karnes


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

Dr Zoe Apalla

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.


Trimester 3 2017

Application Deadline:
1 Sep 2017

Course Starts: 4 Sep 2017

Exam Open: 27 Nov 2017

Course Ends: 22 Dec 2017


Trimester 1 2018

Application Deadline:
5 Jan 2018

Course Starts: 8 Jan 2018

Exam Open: 2 Apr 2018

Course Ends: 27 Apr 2018


Trimester 2 2018

Application Deadline:
4 May 2018

Course Starts: 7 May 2018

Exam Open: 30 Jul 2018

Course Ends: 24 Aug 2018




Professional Certificate Only


Professional Certificate Only


Professional Certificate Only

$635 x 3

Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)


Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)


Advanced Certificate
(Includes Prof Cert)

$648 x 5 

Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)


Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)


Professional Diploma
(Includes Prof Cert & Adv Cert)

$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.


This is a fully online course that uses Moodle as the learning management system. There are eight units in a HealthCert diploma program. The course is delivered over 15 weeks with 12 weeks of teaching followed by 3 weeks for revision and final examinations. The course includes online presentations from experts in the field followed by patient case discussions and decision-making.  There is a final webinar prior to examinations. 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. Upon course completion, HealthCert graduates may join the International Society of Dermatology (ISD).

Online assessment

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

  • Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
  • 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. 
HealthCert recommends completion of the assessment at your convenience within three months of the completion of the course (or enrolling in the online course).


Upon successful completion of the exam, course participants will receive Certificate and 24 RACGP Category 2 CPD points / 30 ACRRM PRPD points. Optional: 40 RACGP Category 1 points

RACGP: 40 RACGP Category 1 or 24 RACGP Category 2 QI & CPD points

Participants have also the option to receive 40 RACGP Category 1 points by completing a clinical audit in Management of Scalp Psoriasis.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify patients with scalp psoriasis who will benefit long term from a management plan that provides the most efficacious and well-tolerated treatment options
  • Assess severity of scalp psoriasis and the impact on a patients' quality of life
  • Discuss a management plan based on current evidence and considered best practice
  • Review results and evaluate how this clinical audit has affected your quality of care in managing scalp psoriasis
  • Improve patient safety by adequately diagnosing scalp psoriasis and initiating appropriate and effective treatment
A clinical audit is a planned medical education activity designed to help GPs systematically review aspects of their own clinical performance against defined best practice guidelines. A clinical audit has two main components:
  • an evaluation of the care that an individual GP provides,
  • a quality improvement process.

Attendees of the Certificate in Primary Care Dermatology course have access to a Clinic Audit template which provides all the information and documentation required to complete a clinical audit on the management of scalp psoriasis.

This activity is to be completed in your own time after the completion of the course and is to be submitted via the HealthCert online eLearning system.
This professional certificate:
  • 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 affiliated with Bond University. Bond University is partnering with HealthCert for this qualification.
  • 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 diploma pathway.  The full pathway is: Professional Certificate of General Dermatology, Advanced Certificate of General Dermatology, Professional Diploma of General Dermatology.

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)

Dual Award with Clinical Attachment with Clinical Attachment with
Bond University
Accredited by Accredited by   
The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine  

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