I had read somewhere that you can receive a discount on the PMP exam fee if you are a PMI member, but this seems debatable when you consider that you need to pay for the membership. Other than a digital copy of the PMPBOK, have any of you found benefits in having the PMI membership? Also, is it required to join a local PMI chapter when getting a membership?
To register for the exam as a non-member, it costs $555. To register as a member, it is $405, so the $150 difference is more then the $129 member registration. You are saving $21 and getting a membership for free.
You get a digital copy of the PMBOK, which can print if you prefer. You also get a subscription to their magazine either digital or print edition with project management articles.
You do not have to register for a local chapter. It make sense to register for the national membership simply because you are saving $21.
You also get access to the Practice Standards i.e. additional material on everything from estimating to scheduling. Very helpful.