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

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This course is for General Practitioners and for degree-qualified nurses and dermal therapists who 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

  • 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

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


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

Professor 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 skin cancer presenter in the USA. Since 2000, he has been chosen yearly by his peers to be included in The Best Doctors in America. He is also the national chair of the yearly Skin Course put on 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.

Dr Christopher Ross

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.
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


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

Dr Zoe Apalla


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

Dr Zoe Apalla is the co-Author of more than 115 scientific papers.


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


Trimester 3 | 2018

Application Deadline:
31 Aug 2018

Course Starts: 3 Sep 2018

Exam Open: 26 Nov 2018

Course Ends: 21 Dec 2018




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.


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 a certificate and 40 RACGP Category 1 QI&CPD points / 30 ACRRM PRPD points. 

RACGP: 40 RACGP Category 1 QI&CPD points
ACRRM: 30 ACRRM PRPD points 

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 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 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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