All this Certs stuff, prior years you didn't need to have all to this. The reason why you need to have it is because to limit those who don't know what the heck they're doing. A+, N+ CCNA, MCP, MSCE bla, bla. But you still need to know what you're doing and have years of experience doing it. Now my point is this you got 11 years under your belt do you still to have Certs? Answer is no! Why because you know what the heck your doing.
Now if you have 11 years and go take the exams for these test without studying for them you'll fail the exam. Most of the guys I know in this boat have taken the A+ exam 5 to 10 times and can't pass it because they figure they really don't need as they have too many years doing all of this crap anyway.
Anyway good luck getting A+ Certified..