Professional Certificate of General Dermatology Online

Course Overview

This comprehensive course has been designed by dermatologists for GPs to help them diagnose and optimally manage common skin, hair and nail conditions. 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. Skin, the largest organ of the human body, makes up 15% of general practice consultations on a day-to-day basis. Add this to the challenging breadth of dermatology, for example there are as many as 2,000 varying dermatologic diagnoses. Undergraduate dermatology training is minimal in many medical schools and without some postgraduate dermatology training, GPs are often underequipped to handle common presentations such as paediatric infections, atopic eczema, chronic plaque psoriasis or female pattern hair loss.

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 (Coming soon) and Professional Diploma of Dermatology (Coming soon).

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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.

Course contents and learning outcomes

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 

What Our Alumni Say

Meet your instructors


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

Dr 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.

Important Dates

Trimester 2

Application Deadline:
5 May 2017

Course Starts: 8 May 2017

Exam Open: 31 Jul 2017

Course Ends: 25 Aug 2017

Trimester 3

Application Deadline:
1 Sep 2017

Course Starts: 4 Sep 2017

Exam Open: 27 Nov 2017

Course Ends: 22 Dec 2017




Different payment options available.



Register 30 days in advance and save $200.


$635 x 3

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 of $350.


Course delivery and assessment

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).

Certification and accreditation

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
  • Recognised by the University of Manchester in the UK for APEL/RPL consideration towards a Master degree 


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

Clinical Attachments are optional and available on a 1:1 or small group basis. These provide the opportunity to observe skin cancer medicine treatments and ask questions of the expert performing the treatments. In addition to clinical attachments in Australia, university teaching hospitals at the University of Lyon and the University of Vienna are available for clinical attachments.  HealthCert certificates and university statements are awarded for participating in clinical attachments.

The Medical University of Vienna is the largest medical organisation in Austria, as well as one of the top-level research institutions in Europe and provides Europe's largest hospital, the Vienna General Hospital, with all of its medical staff. The Vienna General Hospital has about 100,000 patients treated as inpatients and 605,000 treated as outpatients each year.

The dominant areas of study covered by The Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 are science and medicine. Attached to the university are the "Hospices civils de Lyon" including the "Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud", which is the largest teaching hospital in the Rhône-Alpes region and second largest in France. Out of the 2630 faculty 700 are also medical practitioners at local teaching hospitals.

Postgraduate Pathway to Master Degree

This pathway is suitable for doctors who are mainly interested in the academic study.

Masters of Skin Ageing and General Dermatology at the University of Manchester 

Doctors who successfully complete any of the HealthCert courses in General Dermatology, in addition to Aesthetics Medicine, will be eligible to apply for Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL is the same as RPL) for the unit “Fundamentals of Skin Ageing” (MEDN67501) which is part of the Masters of Skin Ageing and General Dermatology at the University of Manchester.

View the University of Manchester program here

Please ask a HealthCert Education Advisor for the HealthCert Electronic Portfolio Form and follow the steps outlined on this form.

If your application is successful, you will only need to complete one practical assessment for the unit during a short practicum in the UK and no fees will apply for the unit " Fundamentals of Skin Ageing" (MEDN67501).

Please note that APEL (like RPL) is not automatic. This is a highly competitive "Gold Standard" program with only 20 places available each year. Each applicant is assessed individually, depending on the background qualifications and experience of the person applying to ensure the standards are kept very high. Doctors who complete the HealthCert courses have a better chance of being one of the 20 accepted because the Manchester University Academic Committee has reviewed and recognised the HealthCert course content.

Dual Award with Postgraduate RPL with Clinical Attachment with
Bond University Manchester University
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The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine The Royal New Zealand College of General Practioners

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 look forward to assisting you.

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