Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology

Graduate Certificate in Cosmetic Dermatology

Course Overview | Eligibility | Course Dates | Fees | Enrolment | Course Components | Study Options | Further Information | Acknowledgements

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. Click here to download/view the current Course Outline


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)

Course Dates

Semester 1 commences August 6th 2018.


We are now accepting enrolments for Subject One – Cosmetic Dermatology: An Introduction.  The fee for this subject is $1,500.   Each of the four subjects will be charged at $1,500 each and therefore the total cost of the Certificate will be $6,000.

Enrolment Process

 Please complete the relevant registration form below to enrol. You will receive an email confirmation of your pre-registration REGISTRATION FORM

An invoice for the enrolment will be issued through  You will have 14 days to pay this invoice and confirm your place on the program

On receipt of payment we will send you a confirmation of enrolment email with details of how to commence your program the full course outline and pre-reading resources.

Any queries about your enrolment can be directed to

Course Components

This course is a blended course involving virtual webinars and tutorials and has a pre-requisite component.  It is necessary to have completed or be in the process of completing Research Methods 1 on the ACD eportal

  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

Study Options

Full time duration: 6 months

Part time duration: 12 months

Total time anticipated to complete the course is 150 hours.  This includes covering content, reading and preparation of assessment tasks.

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.  Any queries about this course can be directed 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).