To integrate superior technical training with established codes and standards to properly provide for the protection of public health, safety, and the permanence of our natural resources
Established in June 2010 to offer training and certification in the specialized field of cross-connection control for New Jersey master plumbers and mechanical contractors. The non-profit organization was the inspiration of a former president of the New Jersey State League of Master Plumbers, Thomas F. Walsh.
Mr. Walsh was in the process of creating a comprehensive cross-connection control training program, in an effort to assist master plumbers in protecting the health and safety of New Jersey residents. New Jersey State League of Master Plumbers second vice president Anthony Schiavone, and fourth vice president Orlando Oliva joined him as inaugural Officers in the formation of the new non-profit association.
Sean Cleary, Director of the Backflow Prevention Institute, a subsidiary of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) was asked for assistance with the training. Mr. Cleary, formerly the International President of the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) was at that time chairing the Cross-Connection Control Technical Committee for ASSE. He offered the support of both ASSE and IAPMO.
The New Jersey Alliance of Master Plumbers (NJAMP) petitioned the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials for approval as a chapter. On July 21, 2010 the IAPMO Board of Directors agreed to approve the formation of the Chapter.
The New Jersey Alliance of Master Plumbers also requested and received accreditation from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection in July of 2011. The Alliance is one of only four authorized certifying agencies recognized by the State of New Jersey.
The New Jersey Alliance of Master Plumbers Board of Cross-Connection Control Certification (B4C) Backflow Prevention Assembly Inspector and Backflow Prevention Assembly Repair Specialist training programs are based on the ASSE Series 5000 Standard, which is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The New Jersey Alliance of Master Plumbers Board of Cross-Connection Control Certification meets yearly to review, and if necessary, revise and recodify it’s Cross-Connection Control Training Manual.
The New Jersey Alliance of Master Plumbers backflow prevention training program is accredited by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection and is one of only four official certifying agencies in New Jersey approved to offer this specialized training.
Meet the Team
Founder & CEO
Thomas F. Walsh
Thomas F. Walsh, president of the New Jersey Alliance of Master Plumbers has been active in all aspects of the association since it’s inception. He remains committed to providing exceptional training, and to imparting crucial information that supports the health and well-being of the public.
Mr. Walsh holds New Jersey Master Plumber license # 7854 and is the Chief Plumbing and Mechanical Code Official for the Township of East Brunswick, New Jersey and also the Borough of South River New Jersey. He is licensed by the State of New Jersey in several other disciplines, as Mechanical, Fire Protection Official, Building Official, and as a Multiple Dwelling Official. He presently sits on the American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) Cross-Connection Control Technical Committee, the Backflow Advisory Board, the Series 5000 School / Instructor / Proctor Committee, and the Residential Sprinklers Committee.
Mr. Walsh has also chaired the Education Unit for the New Jersey State Plumbing Inspectors Association, and has recently been asked to assume the role of Secretary, which he is now appointed. As Chairman for the Alliance’s Board of Cross-Connection Control Certification, he has been instrumental in the creation of the theoretical manual that is used by the Alliance to teach backflow and cross-connection inspectors.
Licensed as New Jersey Master Plumber # 12119 in April 2004. Anthony Schiavone entered the profession in the early 1980’s at a very early age and began his apprenticeship to become a Master Plumber. He recalls always trying to surround himself with those whom he could “continually aquire knowledge from”.
Although his journey to become a Master Plumber began in New Jersey, he quickly advanced to the position of General Foreman after only six months working for a New York company. Anthony spent the next seven years in a union shop which took him to projects in Manhattan and the South Bronx. Wanting to develop a more expansive skillset, he left his union job and returned to New Jersey.
For the next five years, Mr. Schiavone immersed himself in the service industry sector, performing all phases of plumbing, heating and air conditioning until being awarded his Master Plumbers license in 2004.
Since that time, Mr. Schiavone has aquired certification from the Environmental Protection Agency [EPA] for Renovation, Repair and Painting [RRP] Rule, for the 608 Refrigerant Reclaimation Rule and by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration [OSHA] for confined space.
In 2010 Anthony was certified by the American Society of Sanitary Engineers as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester / Inspector. Later that year, he was awarded accreditation as Continuing Education Instructor # 97 by the New Jersey State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers.
Mr. Schiavone, like Mr. Oliva and Mr. Walsh is also a member of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). He is also Secretary of the New Jersey Alliance of Master Plumbers, a New Jersey Chapter of IAPMO and is affiliated with the American Society of Sanitary Engineering
Orlando has been licensed as New Jersey Master Plumber # 8021 since 1989. He was the owner and operator of Atlas Plumbing & Heating in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Mr. Oliva has recieved technical licensure by the State of New Jersey Division of Codes and Standards as an HHS Level Plumbing Inspector and Mechanical Inspector. He later pursued an administrative level license as a Plumbing Subcode Official and which he was awarded in 2005.
Additionally, Mr. Oliva is certified by the American Society of Sanitary Engineering as a Backflow Prevention Assembly Tester and Inspector and more recently has been awarded accreditation by the New Jersey State Board of Examiners of Master Plumbers as a Continuing Education Instructor.
Mr. Oliva, like Mr. Schiavone and Mr. Walsh are also members of the International Association of Plumbing & Mechanical Officials (IAPMO). Orlando is also affiliated with the American Society of Sanitary Engineering and is a member of the New Jersey Plumbing Inspectors Association.
He has recently relocated to North Carolina, where he is a plans examiner for the Mecklenburg County Building Department.