I always wanted to have the Charter status since I first started with Microsoft certifications 8 years back and after attempting my first beta exam with 70-743 to upgrade my MCSA was able to achieve it. 🙂
Microsoft’s explanation of the Charter status is as follows and it is different from what it used to be a couple of years back.
“Certification that was achieved within six months following the retail release date of the certification. Charter Members are recognized by being given the Charter version of the certificate acknowledging their early adoption of the technology solution.”