Rehabilitation Facility / Sheltered Workshop Licenses   

A Sheltered Workshop is a rehabilitation facility which is a charitable organization or non-profit institution that carries out a recognized program of rehabilitation for workers with disabilities.  The program provides remunerative employment or other occupational rehabilitation activities of an educational or therapeutic nature.

A Work Activity Center is a rehabilitation facility, a workshop, or a physically separated department of a workshop having an identifiable program designed exclusively to provide therapeutic activities for workers with disabilities whose impairments severely weaken productive capacity.

Current Valid Licenses

Licensed Sheltered Workshops, 4/01/2016 through 3/31/2018

Wage Rates

The rates paid must reflect the productivity of the worker compared to the productivity of a worker not disabled for similar work and to the wages paid to experienced workers performing the same or similar work in the vicinity.

Online Licensing Application

Facilities wishing to be licensed must complete our new online Application.

  1. If you do not already have a DWD Logon ID, create one at the Self Registration Screen.
  2. To submit a license request, go to the Application for Wisconsin Rehabilitation Facility / Sheltered Workshop License.


Required Poster

Employers with a special minimum wage license issued by DWD are required to post this poster.

Related Information

Wisconsin licensees must also obtain a Certificate from the US Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division, in order to operate a facility that pays less than the federal minimum wage. See the Wage and Hour Division's website

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