The Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy is the second course in the three-part HealthCert Certificate and Diploma program in Dermoscopy. The course has been designed to meet the needs of medical practitioners who already use dermoscopy and are interested in taking their skill-set to a more advanced level. The course will provide the participants with a range of knowledge in the management of nail lesions, mucosal lesions, difficult benign lesions and melanomas, pink tumours, rare skin tumours, and the broad spectrum of BCC and keratinocyte skin cancer. Recognised and developed by members of the International Dermoscopy Society, no other program brings together such a diverse and accomplished team of globally renowned dermatologists and dermoscopy experts from Italy, Austria, Greece, USA, Japan, and Australia.

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


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This course is for general practitioners and degree-qualified nurses who work under the supervision of a general practitioner. Participants must have successfully completed the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy course (or a qualification deemed equivalent) and HealthCert also highly recommends successful completion of at least 25 cases of dermoscopy prior to enrolment. Equivalent alternatives include: practical experience, other qualifications or successful completion of the Professional Certificate examination.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Professionally accredited qualifications and prior studies may be recognised for entry into this course. Please send an email to for an individual assessment of your prior qualifications and experience. This email should contain information about your educational history and work experience that specifically pertain to the content and procedures covered in the Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy. Please include any applicable certificates and course outlines from previous education. The relevant Course Chair will make a determination on your application within three working days.

Doctors who have completed the UQ Certificate of Advanced Dermatoscopy and Histopathology or other formal dermoscopy training can receive academic credit towards the Professional Diploma (the final course in the three-part program) if they achieve a pass mark in the exams of the first two certificate courses Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy and Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy. Upon successful exam completion doctors can directly progress to and will only need to pay for the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy course.

NOTE: While the Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine course covers Dermoscopy, it does not qualify for recognition of prior learning in the Certificate and Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy program which quickly moves on to more advanced dermoscopy techniques, including the Chaos and Clues method and the assessment of lesions on the face and acral sites. Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine alumni should begin with the Professional Certificate in Dermoscopy course.


The Advanced Certificate course will provide the participants with a range of knowledge including:

  • Pink tumours
  • Mucosal lesions
  • Difficult benign lesions
  • Nail lesions
  • Rare skin tumours
  • BCC and keratinocyte skin cancer
  • Difficult melanomas
  • Dermoscopy in general dermatology

Course participants will:

  • Utilise Interactive Atlas international dermoscopy program
  • Utilise YouDermoscopy application (app)
  • Participate in webinars with experts and professional colleagues
  • Observe professional clinic/patient interactions via video
  • Evaluate dermoscopy cases in an online discussion board


Module 1: Pink tumours - Iris Zalaudek

In this module, you will learn how to assess pink lesions including melanocytic and non-melanocytic skin tumours based on the recognition of specific vascular structures, their arrangement and specific clues. In addition, established management rules will be discussed that aid to avoid missing amelanotic melanoma.

Module 2: Mucosal lesions - Andreas Blum

In this module, you will learn the dermoscopic patterns of the most frequent lesions of the mucosa. Practical tips will be presented for using the dermoscope at the mucosal area and how to differentiate benign and malignant lesions.

Module 3: Difficult benign lesions - Caterina Longo

In this module, you will learn the morphologic variability of naevi with special features and the diagnostic clues that aid to distinguish them from malignancy.

Module 4: Nail lesions - Luc Thomas

In this module, you will learn the clinical and dermoscopic clues to help diagnose melanonychia striata and to better select patients to be submitted to biopsy. You will also learn the per-operative dermoscopic features of nail unit lentigo, nevu and melanoma. Clinical and dermoscopical features of nail unit unpigmented tumours will also be reviewed.

Module 5: Rare skin tumours - Elvira Moscarella

In this module, you will learn dermoscopy features of pigmented and non-pigmented variants of uncommon skin tumours. You will learn to identify dermatoscopic clues helpful to diagnose rare skin cancer, with special emphasis on those tumours that are associated with complex syndromes.

Module 6: BCC and keratinocyte skin cancer - Harald Kittler

In this module, you will learn to characterise patterns of pigmented and non-pigmented variants of epithelial skin cancer. You will learn to identify common and uncommon dermatoscopic clues to diagnose all variants of epithelial skin cancer with confidence.

Module 7: Difficult melanomas - Ashfaq A. Marghoob

In this module, you will learn the dermoscopic clues to help diagnose melanomas that often prove challenging to recognise clinically.  The use of dermoscopy has allowed for the improved recognition of nodular melanoma, desmoplastic melanoma, amelanotic melanoma, epidermotropic metastatic melanomas, melanoma on sun damaged skin, nevoid melanoma, verrucous melanoma, among others. The dermoscopic features to help in the recognition of the aforementioned melanomas will be expanded upon in this module.  

Module 8: Dermoscopy in general dermatology - Aimilios Lallas

In this module, you will learn the dermoscopic patterns of the most frequent inflammatory and infectious skin diseases and also practical tips on how dermoscopy can help differentiate among them.

Meet Your Instructors

Recognised and developed by members of the International Dermoscopy Society, no other program brings together such a diverse and accomplished team of globally renowned dermatologists and dermoscopy experts. Your instructors are pioneers in the field of dermoscopy and have developed the methods and approaches which have become the education standards in all dermoscopy training programs worldwide. By sharing their first-hand knowledge, they collectively deliver the most comprehensive dermoscopy training. Led by the renowned Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, the team includes highly sub-specialised skin cancer experts from Italy, Austria, Greece, USA, Japan, and Australia.
Dr Elvira Moscarella

Dr Elvira Moscarella


Dermatologist, Santa Maria Nuova Hospital, Reggio Emilia, Italy

Dr Elvira Moscarella is a dermatologist at the Santa Maria Nuova Hospital in Reggio Emilia, Italy. She acquired her medical degree in 2005 at the Second University of Naples before completing her residency in dermatology and venereology at the University’s Department of Dermatology. In 2008, Elvira undertook further education in dermoscopy and confocal microscopy. She is a member of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and the International Dermoscopy Society, and is Editor in Chief of the latter’s newsletter and case of the month. Elvira’s main interests are in dermoscopy and reflectance confocal microscopy, and their use in skin cancer medicine.

Prof Harald Kittler

Prof Harald Kittler


Professor at the Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria

Professor Harald Kittler has a special clinical interest in dermoscopy of pigmented skin lesions. His main research interest is digital dermoscopy, follow-up of pigmented skin lesions, and computer assisted digital dermoscopy. Harald has been working for 10 years in the field of dermoscopy and has published a number of scientific articles especially in the field of digital dermoscopy and dermoscopic follow-up of melanocytic nevi.
Prof Ashfaq A Marghoob

Prof Ashfaq A. Marghoob


Attending Physician, Dermatology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Skin Cancer Center, New York, USA

Professor Ashfaq A. Marghoob is a board-certified dermatologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of cancers of the skin. He is the director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s regional skin cancer clinic in Long Island and consults and treats patients in the centre’s outpatient facility in Manhattan.

Although providing the best care possible for his patients remains his primary goal, Ashfaq also remains committed to education and clinical research, with the hope of educating physicians and the public about the importance of early skin cancer detection to save lives.

He is active in clinical research and has published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical/dysplastic nevi, and congenital melanocytic nevi. Ashfaq’s research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as photography, dermoscopy, and confocal laser microscopy to recognise skin cancer early in its development.

Prof Luc Thomas

Prof Luc Thomas


Professor and Chairman Department of Dermatology, Medical University of Lyon, France

Professor Luc Thomas was board-certified in dermatology in 1989 at Lyon 1 University. He was trained as a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in 1990 and 1991, and obtained his PhD degree at Lyon 1 University in 1993. He became full professor of dermatology in 1996, first class professor in dermatology in 2009, and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology of Lyon 1 University - Centre Hospitalier Lyon Sud in 2003. He obtained his Board certification in Clinical Oncology in 2013.

Luc’s main research fields include skin oncology, early diagnosis of melanoma, dermoscopy, skin surgery and nail diseases. He has published more than 400 peer-reviewed scientific articles in international journals, is the co-editor of four books published in several languages and co-author of more than 25 books. He has lectured at many international meetings, is an associate editor of Dermatology, a member of the board of the International Dermoscopy Society, a past member of the board and treasurer of the French Society of Dermatology from 2000 to 2003, and treasurer of the World Congress of Dermatology in Paris in 2002.

Dr Iris Zalaudek

A/Prof Iris Zalaudek


Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy

Associate Professor Iris Zalaudek is a board-certified dermatologist and Head of the Dermatology Clinic of the University of Trieste, Italy. Since 2016, she has been President of the International Dermoscopy Society, and was previously the Research Director of the Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer Unit at the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Her main research fields are related to dermato-oncology and include non-invasive skin imaging techniques, as well as topical and systemic treatment of skin cancer. Moreover, she is engaged in the development of modern teaching methods such as online distant courses and tele-dermatologic services. She is Director of the Master of Science program entitled "Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology" of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Iris has published more than 450 articles, of which 358 (267 full papers) have been cited in PubMed. Her combined publications have received an impact factor of 1003 and a h-index value of 36 (by April 2017). In 2003 her work was awarded by the Hans-Weitgasser Price from the Styrian Association of Dermatologists and in 2008 she was awarded the Best Researcher of the Medical University of Graz, Austria.

Dr Aimilios Lallas

Dr Aimilios Lallas


Dermatologist-Venereologist, First Department Of Dermatology, Aristotle University, Greece

Dr Aimilios Lallas is a Board-Certified Dermatologist-Venereologist. He is currently occupied at the First Department of Dermatology of the Faculty of Medicine of Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. Aimilios specialises in skin cancer diagnosis with non-invasive techniques, as well as in the management of skin cancer patients. He possesses a PhD diploma on skin cancer prevention.

Aimilios’ main fields of research interests are in the dermoscopy of skin tumours, the application of the method in general dermatology, and the improvement of the management of oncologic patients. He is co-author of approximately 190 scientific papers, editor of four books and author of several chapters on dermoscopy.

Aimilios is currently the General Secretary of the International Dermoscopy Society and the General Secretary of the 5th World Congress of Dermoscopy, which will be held in Thessaloniki, Greece on 14-16 June 2018.

A/Prof Caterina Longo

A/Prof Caterina Longo


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

Associate Professor Caterina Longo is a board-certified dermatologist specialising in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancers. Although providing the best care possible for patients remains her primary goal, she also committed to education and clinical research. She is actively involved in clinical research and has published numerous papers on topics related to skin cancer with an emphasis on melanoma, atypical nevi, Spitz/Reed nevi and non-melanoma skin cancer.

Caterina’s research interests are focused on the use of imaging instruments such as dermoscopy and confocal laser microscopy to recognise skin cancer early in its development. She pioneered the use of ex vivo fluorescence confocal microscopy for micrographic Mohs surgery applied for basal cell carcinoma and other visceral tumours. Caterina lectures on these topics both nationally and internationally.

A/Prof Andreas Blum

A/Prof Andreas Blum

MD PhD MSc (DermPrevOncol)

Public, Private and Teaching Practice, Konstanz, Germany

Associate Professor at the University of Tübingen, Germany

Associate Professor Andreas Blum studied medicine in Germany and France and received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1993. From 1993 until 2004, he worked in the Department of Dermatology at the University of Tübingen in Germany. In 1998 he finished the specialisation in Dermatology and Venereology. Since 2002 he has been a senior lecture and assistant professor and, since 2006, has been an associate professor at the University of Tübingen. Since 2004 he has worked in his private and teaching practice in Konstanz, Germany.

Andreas is an expert in the diagnosis, surgical treatment, prevention and follow-up of skin cancers. In addition to his clinical research mainly in the field of dermoscopy, he gives regular lectures for national and international dermatological societies.


Trimester 3 | 2018

Application Deadline: 31 Aug 2018

Course Starts: 3 Sep 2018

Exams Open: 26 Nov 2018

Course Ends: 21 Dec 2018


Trimester 1 | 2019

Application Deadline: 4 Jan 2019

Course Starts: 7 Jan 2019

Exams Open: 1 Apr 2019

Course Ends: 26 Apr 2019


Trimester 2 | 2019

Application Deadline: 3 May 2019

Course Starts: 6 May 2019

Exams Open: 29 Jul 2019

Course Ends: 23 Aug 2019




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$600 x 8 

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The Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy is designed as a fully online course. There are eight units in a HealthCert Advanced Certificate program.  The course is delivered in one trimester (15 weeks) with 12 weeks of online teaching (video lectures, case discussion boards, webinars) and 3 weeks of revision and examination.

The course includes:

  • Full-colour workbook including all presentation slides.
  • Access to additional learning resources, reference materials and video lectures.
  • Reading list with references to peer-reviewed journal articles to keep up-to-date with developments in the field.
  • 12-month web-based support with the opportunity to ask the instructors questions while you implement your learning.


There is a 3 week exam period at the end of each trimester. In order for you to pass the assessment and progress to the next course you must complete the assessment within this period. Exam extensions of up to six months are available on a case by case basis if required. In order to meet the requirements of professional and academic learning, the course assessment includes professional requirements and two online examinations.

  • Develop a one-page report/explanation of how you will use the learning from this course in your professional work.
  • Compile a report listing the resource materials that you have collected to advance and apply your knowledge.

Online assessment

  • 104 knowledge questions based on a scenario of a medical practitioner undertaking special interest training.
    • 13 per module
      Example: The medical practitioner believes that 10% of the population … Is he correct?  Yes/No
  • 104 authentic questions based on patient case scenarios at a clinic.
    • 13 per module
      Example: A patient arrives at your clinic with this problem … What should you do? Multiple choice images based on patient cases.

The knowledge-based examination is worth 50 per cent and the application-based examination is worth 50 per cent. The overall pass mark is 80 per cent. 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.

Certification and Accreditation

The recommended study time commitment is 124 hours per course.

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

This certificate course:

  • 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 accredited by The Skin Cancer Institute and may be used as part of an application for Certified Skin Cancer Doctor credentials.
  • Has been collaboratively designed with, and reviewed by, Associate Professor Giuseppe Argenziano, Head of the Dermatology Unit, Second University of Naples, Italy. A prolific author of scientific articles.
  • Is recognised by the International Dermoscopy Society. Membership is worldwide and more than 100 countries are represented.
  • Is recognised by the Medical University of Graz as part two of the Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy that has a credit pathway towards the MSc in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology.

Education PATHWAYS

Professional Diploma Pathway

The full pathway is Professional Certificate of Dermoscopy, Advanced Certificate of Dermoscopy, Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy.

Postgraduate Pathways

RPL with The University of Queensland
The Professional Diploma of Dermoscopy is guaranteed for RPL for the unit IMED7003, part of the Graduate Certificate of Medicine (Skin Cancer) which is the first step in the Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) at The University of Queensland. There are no further requirements for this RPL, it is automatic and guaranteed and provides a saving on fees. 

View The University of Queensland, Master of Medicine (Skin Cancer) program here.

Credit into Master's degree at University of Graz

A postgraduate credit pathway exists with the Medical University of Graz towards the Master of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventative Dermato-Oncology. This pathway provides credit of over 50 percent of a Master degree (ie 10 units out of 19). Please contact Andrea Hofmann at 

The Master program at the Medical University of Graz is a distance learning program delivered predominantly online. The program guides participants through three different education levels and consists of 19 teaching modules. The modules can be completed in 6 semesters but graduates have the possibility to take an early exit and receive an International Dermoscopy Diploma after 3 semesters or become certified as an Academic Expert in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology after 4 semesters.

HealthCert graduates will receive credit for modules 4 to 13. The three units required to obtain the International Dermoscopy Diploma from the University of Graz (Modules 1-3) can be obtained fully online.

Education Level 1: International Dermoscopy Diploma

Module 1: Epidemiology of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer
Module 2: Primary skin cancer prevention
Module 3: Secondary skin cancer prevention
Module 4: Introduction to Dermoscopy
Module 5: Dermoscopic criteria (overview) + histopathologic correlation
Module 6: Diagnostic relevance of patterns
Module 7: Diagnostic algorithms
Module 8: Dermoscopy in the daily routine
Module 9: Special issues
Module 10: Future aspects
Module 11: Dermoscopic-pathologic correlation
Module 12: Dermoscopy Atlas
Module 13: Consultation on the job

Education Level 2: Academic Expert in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology*

Module 14: Advanced Dermoscopy 
Module 15: Update on recent research 
Module 16: Rare skin tumours

Education Level 3: Masters of Science in Dermoscopy and Preventive Dermato-Oncology 


*Requirements: 1) One week on-campus at the University of Graz, Austria. Completing the “International Short Course on Dermoscopy”. 2) Two weeks attendance at a Centre of Excellence which is located all over the world, including Australia.

Fees: HealthCert graduates will pay €1500 for modules 1-3. Modules 4 to 13 will be free of payment. For the Academic expert level and the Master level payment of €5000, each is necessary. 


HealthCert Clinical Attachments

Course participants who successfully complete the HealthCert Professional Certificate of Skin Cancer Medicine may continue their professional development by completing a HealthCert Clinical Attachment at a specialist clinic or university teaching hospital to further develop professional knowledge. A HealthCert Australian Clinical Attachment is recommended as the first clinical attachment after completing the HealthCert dermoscopy qualifications and a HealthCert International Clinical Attachment is recommended for subsequent clinical attachments.


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