Becoming a Dermatologist

Accreditation & Training Positions

ACD accredits training positions in dermatology and in Mohs surgery. Training positions are accredited in order to:
  1. Ensure that all trainees/ candidates are provided with a learning environment which will educate and train competent dermatologists, as defined by the ACD curriculum, and/or competent Mohs specialists as defined by the Mohs surgery curriculum.
  2. Maintain a consistent level of education and training in every accredited post.
  3. Gather feedback from key stakeholders to continually improve all aspects of the training programs
The National Accreditation Committee is responsible for accrediting all training positions and consists of a Fellow from each State, including a Mohs Surgery Committee representative, and a member from the Trainee Representative committee.

All Training Positions are accredited in accordance with defined Standards and College regards these as important for the quality education and training of Trainees/Candidates. All documentation in relation to the Standards, accreditation outcomes, applying and the application process can be found here:
Document Dermatology Training Positions MOHs Training Positions
Accreditation Process Download Download
Guidelines/Standards Updated standard Download
Application  APPLY Online  APPLY Online
Accreditation Timetable Download Registrar Timetable Download Training Faculty Network timetable Timetable Template
Candidate Feedback Form N/A Download
Sample Accreditation Report Download Download

The Accreditation Committee accredit College Training Positions according to a State-based five-yearly cycle. The current timetable for the College’s State Training Structure Accreditation is as follows:
2020 South Australian State Training Structure (includes Northern Territory)
2021 Queensland State Training Structure
2022 New South Wales State Training Structure (includes Australian Capital Territory)
2023 Victorian State Training Structure (includes Tasmania)
2024 Western Australia State Training Structure
Unscheduled state training structure accreditation Unscheduled state training structure accreditations may also be carried out for the following reasons:
  1. If the College is advised that there have been significant changes to the structure or function of any particular training position, an accreditation site visit or review may be conducted in advance of the usual cycle.
  2. If a complaint from a Fellow or trainee/candidate is received, this will generate a review, and/or a visit to that training position/s.

The Australasian College of Dermatologists has a number of accredited dermatology training positions and MOHs surgery training positions. The training positions are located both in Australia and overseas in the following Public Hospitals, Private Hospitals, Skin Health Institute and Private Practices, which all contribute to creating high standard Training Facility Networks:
Queensland Dermatology Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital QIDerm Princess Alexandra Hospital The Mater Hospital Queensland Children’s Hospital Townsville University Hospital Cairns Hospital Sunshine Coast University Hospital
  Mohs North West Private Hospital Everton Park
New South Wales Dermatology Concord Repatriation General Hospital The Skin Hospital Darlinghurst The Skin Hospital Westmead Westmead Hospital St Vincent’s Hospital Liverpool Hospital Orange Dermatology Prince of Wales Hospital Sydney Children’s Hospital Royal Newcastle Centre/John Hunter Hospital Royal North Shore Hospital Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Lotus Dermatology Campbelltown Hospital SouthDerm Kingsway Dermatology Pinnacle Dermatology Coastal Dermatology
Mohs The Skin Hospital Darlinghurst & Westmead
ACT Dermatology Royal Canberra Hospital
Victoria Dermatology The Alfred Hospital Austin Health Box Hill Hospital Monash Medical Centre Peter MacCallum Institute Royal Children’s Hospital Royal Melbourne Hospital Skin Health Institute St Vincent’s Hospital Western Hospital Sinclair Dermatology Healesville Hospital WPRS
  Mohs Skin Health Institute
Northern Territory Dermatology Royal Darwin Hospital
South Australia Dermatology Flinders Medical Centre Royal Adelaide Hospital Queen Elizabeth Hospital/Women and Children’s Hospital
Western Australia Dermatology Fiona Stanley Hospital Royal Perth Hospital Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital Perth Children’s Hospital
  Mohs Oxford Day Surgery & Dermatology, Mount Hawthorn South Perth Specialist Skin Cancer Centre, South Perth
Overseas Positions Dermatology National Skin Centre, SINGAPORE St George’s Hospital, London UK The Churchill Hospital, Oxford UK St Johns Institute, London UK University College, London

The Specialist Training Program (STP) is a Federal Government initiative to increase the number of training posts available for specialists-in-training outside traditional public teaching hospitals, providing an annual salary of $107,000 per post. An additional $25,000 per annum pro rata of rural loading is also available for posts with rotations to training sites located in areas classified under the Australian Standard Geographical Classification-Remoteness Area (ASGC-RA) as RA2-5. The college administers 29 STP positions in New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. All positions are accredited as per the college’s National Accreditation Standards. STP funding is determined via application rounds by the Department of Health with assessment by the Department, the relevant specialist colleges and state/territory health jurisdictions. Only training facilities are eligible to apply for funding. There are no further application rounds scheduled at this time. The training positions are to be in health care settings beyond traditional public teaching hospitals that include:
  • Private hospitals
  • Specialists’ rooms
  • Clinics and day surgeries
  • Aboriginal Community Controlled Health Service (ACCHS)
  • Publicly funded health care facilities such as regional, rural and community health settings classified RA2-5
  • Non-clinical settings (such as simulated learning environments)
The aims of the project are to:
  • Increase the capacity within the health workforce to train Dermatologists
  • Better train specialists in dermatology, with education that matches the nature of demand and reflect the way health services are delivered
  • Increase the College’s capacity to make strategic decisions that increase trainees and specialist International Medical Graduates’ access to appropriate training and maximising their workforce contribution
  • Develop networked specialist training arrangements
The Australasian College of Dermatologists has been contracted by the Commonwealth to manage STP funding and all successful training facilities must enter into a contract with the College.

Additional funding is available for successful post if rotations include private setting via the Private Infrastructure and Clinical Supervision (PICS) funds. These funds are managed by the Royal Australasian College of Medical Administrators (RACMA). Up to $30,000 per annum is available for clinical supervision and private infrastructure.

Go to website For more information on the background of STP, view the STP Operational Framework on the Department’s website. Go to website