Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology

Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology

Overview of Course

The Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology is comprised of 4 core subjects (and one pre/co-requisite subject) that covers a range of key areas which may be considered ‘foundational’ to further advancement in the development of knowledge and skills in the field of cosmetic dermatological practice. It will focus on principles, concepts and theory that underpin the sub-domain of dermatological practice that is cosmetic dermatology.

The ACD considers post-graduate students should be required to apply their study to problems, issues or other matters of substance which produce significant benefits in their professional practice and that of others. To this end the Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology, developed by the ACD, is designed to encompass and provide opportunity for students to learn in environments that nurture the: scholarship of discovery; scholarship of integration; and scholarship of application.

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Learning outcomes

On completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the development of an appropriate knowledge base in the field of Cosmetic Dermatology.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the cosmetic consultation, patient selection and rights.
  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the treatment options available to the cosmetic patient.
  • Utilise an evidence based approach to analysis of patient needs.
  • Formulate cosmetic treatment plans by synthesizing a detailed knowledge of facial anatomy and a comparison of treatment modalities.
  • Distinguish between cosmetic treatments by assessing their probable outcomes against potential risks.
  • Critically appraise current practice and/or research in the domain of cosmetic dermatology and its various sub-domains

Course Details

  • Study mode: Online/Blended
  • Duration (Full time): 6 months
  • Duration (Part time): 12 months

Admission requirements

To be eligible to apply for entry into this course, applicants must have each of the following

1. Hold FACD with the College
2. Be registered to practice medicine within Australia (and be living in Australia)
3. Hold a bachelor degree in medicine (or equivalent)

What you’ll study

Core Subjects:
1. Cosmetic Dermatology I: An Introduction
2. Cosmetic Dermatology II: The Cosmetic Consultation
3. Cosmetic Dermatology III: Surface Active Procedures
4. Cosmetic Dermatology IV: Injectables –Neurotoxins and Fillers

Pre/Co requisite: Research Methods I

Teaching and Assessment

This is a blended course involving teaching strategies which may include:

  • Virtual F2F scheduled teaching/tutorial/student interaction sessions using online synchronous webinar technologies.
  • Online open discussion spaces (synchronous/asynchronous)
  • Independent online learning/activity within the supporting online content modules
  • Live teaching/tutorial scheduled sessions and combined assessment of clinical knowledge and skills (where appropriate)
  • Independent/Self Directed Problem Based Learning

The following assessment strategies may be used in this course:

  • Online, invigilated MCQ examinations
  • Written submissions (such as case analysis, targeted reports)
  • Work-place based assessments if appropriate
  • Portfolio of Work/log book presentation
  • Contribution to virtual classroom and/or online discussion sessions

Further information

The ACD has aligned this course with the AQF standards and the TEQSA ‘threshold standards’ for the development of higher education courses. Specific policies relating to Higher Education Provider (HEP) courses can be found in the Education Policies section of the website.

Expression of interest

If you are interested in finding out more about this course, (including: curriculum, course and subject outlines, study load, assessment and progression guidelines, please forward your details to


The Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology Course has been developed with the generous support of a number of College Fellows and external experts.

The College wishes to acknowledge and thank the Steering Committee and the following Fellows and external experts for their generous contributions of time and the development of course content to support this initiative.

The Steering Committee:

Dr Greg Goodman (Chair of the committee), Dr Adrian Lim, Dr Alice Rudd, Dr Shobhan Manoharan , Dr Chris Jalilian and Dr Bob Corderoy (College)

Contributing Authors (Fellows and external experts):

Dr’s: Greg Goodman, Russell Hill, Kathryn D’Ambrosis, Ritu Gupta, Adrian Lim, Shobhan Manoharan,  Elizabeth Dawes-Higgs, Nina Wines, Irene Grigoris, Natasha Cook, Howard Studniberg, Esther Hong, Phil Artemi, Michelle Rodrigues,Terence Poon, John Sullivan, Todd Gunsen, Jack Green, Anita Lasocki, Belinda Walsh, Ken MacDonald, Alice Rudd, Vanessa Morgan, Hugh Robertrs, Antoinatte Ciconte, John Sullivan, and Grant Bellaney (Encorė Cosmetic Clinic, New Zealand).