From Microsoft’s website:
Q.What is a Charter certificate?
Charter Members are the pioneering group of individuals who achieve a certification within six months following the retail release date of the certification. (People who pass the beta exams will receive the Charter certificate after the certification is commercially released.) Charter Members are recognized by receiving the Charter version of the certificate, acknowledging their early adoption of the technology solution. The Charter version of the certificate has the word “Charter” imprinted across the top.
Q.Which certifications are eligible for Charter status?
If you have any of the following certifications, you are eligible for the Charter certificate: Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA), Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE), Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS), Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP), or Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD). Exceptions include those certifications that are released when the technology covered is no longer the latest version of the technology. These include the MCSA: Windows 7, the MCSA: SQL Server 2008, and the MCSA: Windows Server 2008.
Q.How much time do I have to order my Charter certificate?
You can digitally download or order your Charter certificate at any point after it is earned.