Certificate of Practical Dermoscopy


Developed and delivered by Australian trained and based dermatologists, this blended course will teach participants the skills and knowledge to put dermoscopy theory into practice and develop a thorough understanding of how it can be used to manage patients with skin cancer.


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Full Course Information

  • Outline
  • Fees
  • Dates
  • How To Enrol
  • Teachers
  • Outcomes
  • Eligibility
  • CPD Hours
  • T&Cs

Outline & Components

This blended course will teach participants the skills and knowledge to put dermoscopy theory into practice and develop a thorough understanding of how it can be used to manage patients with skin cancer.

Participants will complete online topics, attend or watch webinars and participate at a face to face workshop to engage and learn directly from our experts.  This course is designed to be engaging, flexible and totally relevant to your needs in day to day practice.

This course consists of six online topics and a face to face workshop.

Online Topics

  1. History examination & lighting

  2. Morphology of skin lesions

  3. Science behind dermoscopy

  4. Dermoscopy basics

  5. Histopathology correlations

  6. Choice of biopsy

Face to face Workshop

Being interactive and practical in their nature, our workshops focus on diagnosis and management of advanced skin cancers and benign and pre-cancerous lesions.  Participants will explore the use of dermoscopy and how to conduct a full skin check using diagnostic algorithms. In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice various types of skin biopsy and suturing techniques. Each student’s work will be closely examined and assessed to provide the lecturer with insight into their students’ learning process. 

We have every intention of holding our face-to-face workshops on the dates provided.  However, sometimes these need to be changed due to various unforeseen circumstances, so we recommend that you please ensure that any travel/accommodation bookings you make are fully flexible and refundable.  It is our preference that students attend workshops face-to-face however we have developed an online version.  If you have extenuating circumstances please contact us to discuss this alternative option.

Clinical Case Studies

Respond to authentic clinic case studies and challenge yourself to provide a diagnosis and first-step management plan on the clinical information and dermoscopic images.


Attend or watch online webinars and participate in open discussion on diagnosis and management direct with our expert Dermatologists.


Complete each end of topic quiz, the case studies and a final online exam.

Required Hours

This course requires 54 study hours.

Course Handbook

Please download the course handbook here for more information.

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Course dates 2024

This course repeats every Trimester, however, you can enrol at any time to access the course material. Please be advised that the interactive components of this course-webinars and workshops are only run during trimester times.

Workshops to be held in Melbourne Trimester 1, Sydney Trimester 2, Brisbane Trimester 3. Please enrol in the Trimester in which you wish to attend the workshop.

Trimester 1 5th Feb – 28th Apr + f2f workshop Melbourne –16th of March (THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL)

Trimester 2 13th May – 4th August + f2f workshop Sydney – 15th of June (THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL)

Trimester 3 19th Aug – 10th Nov + f2f workshop Brisbane – 12th of October (subject to change)
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Course fees

One low fee includes access to the course for the duration of study including all learning material and resources:

  • GPs $2,050
  • GP registrars $1,950

Please note that travel and accommodation expenses for the face to face workshop are not included.

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how to enrol

Click HERE to be directed to the purchase page.

Here you pay online to gain access to the course.

Once you have successfully paid online for your course access, you will receive a receipt as well as a confirmation of enrolment email with account details to access your course.

Please note that enrolments are only secured once payment is made. Adding the course to your cart will not hold an enrolment place.


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Course eligibility

This course is aimed at General Practitioners, Registrars and prevocational Doctors. 

For queries regarding your eligibility, please contact gpderm@dermcoll.edu.au.

*General Practitioners practicing outside of Australia are also welcome to enroll in the course, but have to submit their qualifications for verification BEFORE enrolling. Please email your primary medical qualifications/degrees to us at gpderm@dermcoll.edu.au and we will get back to you with further instructions.

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Course learning outcomes

At the successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  • Execute a full-skin examination 
  • Choose appropriate morphologic descriptors to describe features of skin lesions visible to the naked eye 
  • Describe the principles of using  a dermatoscope 
  • Describe the concept of dermoscopic-histopathology correlation 
  • Assess the significance of dermoscopic features of skin lesions 
  • Choose appropriate dermoscopic terminology to describe skin lesions when viewed through a dermatoscope  
  • Evaluate the significance of dermoscopic features of skin lesions 
  • Recommend a provisional diagnosis of skin lesions based on their morphological and dermoscopic features  
  • Formulate a first-step management plan based on a combination of clinical information, morphology and dermoscopic features of suspicious skin lesions  
  • Determine systems for monitoring and follow-up of patients with suspicious skin lesions  
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CPD Hours

This course is approved for the below RACGP CPD hours:

The RNZCGP recognises activities and events done through Dermatology Australasia.

This course is also ACRRM approved for the following: 

  • 48 Educational Activity Hours
  • 48 Performance Review Hours
  • 12 Outcome Measurement
  • 4 Additional CPD requirements
  • Surgical Grant

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a statement of completion with the number of awarded CPD hours in compliance with the RACGP CPD program requirements. You will also be awarded a certificate for the completed course issued by Dermatology Australasia

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terms & conditions

Please view our Terms and Conditions here and FAQ here before purchasing a course. Also view the course handbook under the outline tab to ensure you are aware of the course requirements.

By purchasing a course with Dermatology Australasia you agree to these terms, conditions and requirements.

These resources may address any queries or concerns you have regarding our courses.

If you require further assistance or have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our team. We are here to help and ensure your experience with us is a positive one.

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These courses are designed to provide General Practitioners and related health professionals with knowledge and skills in a range of Dermatology and skin health areas to develop their expertise and confidence in dealing with patients who present with dermatological conditions. It aims to assist you in the day-to-day management of these patients and in making the decision as to when to refer a patient to a Dermatologists.

Completion of this course does not provide you with qualifications in dermatology or guarantee you access into the ACD Specialist Training Program. In order to practice as a Specialist Dermatologist you must complete the ACD Specialist Training Program.